CR5014 - Professional Policing, Risk and Vulnerability

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What will I learn on this module?

The module will help you understand how professional standards, ethics, and diversity are essential components of contemporary policing. These combined elements are significant in terms of recruiting and retaining a professional and effective workforce, which has been a key challenge (as the module demonstrates) for many years. You will learn that professional policing is also important in terms of maintaining positive relations with diverse communities, and public confidence and legitimacy more generally. Not only are these core features of policing in democratic societies they are also operationally important in relation to public cooperation with police investigations and law enforcement more widely. You will also learn about dimensions of vulnerability and risk in contemporary policing, and how professional responses are centrally important to meeting public expectations. You will learn how different dimensions of vulnerability are linked to wider social problems: these can both pose challenges to police officers and offer important opportunities for the police to intervene to help address underlying problems.
Diversity, ethics and authority are centrally important in the exercise of police officer discretion, as the module outlines. Principles and practices of policing integrity are outlined in terms of decision-making and officer discretion, and you will learn about personal and professional responsibilities in this process and the impact that police officers can have on the lives of individuals and of communities. Matters of vulnerability and risk are also addressed in relation more widely to the criminal justice system, and crime prevention, such that the most effective response, on the basis of research evidence, are identified. Risk and vulnerability are considered in wider terms of communities and societies in general in relation to matters of radicalisation and counter-terrorism.


PCDA curriculum learning outcomes:

Week 1-2:
Valuing Difference and Inclusion: LO 1.1-3.3; 3.6-3.9
Maintaining Professional Standards: LO 4.1-6.3
Vulnerability and Risk: 1.1-6.4
Criminology and Crime Prevention: 1.1-5.4
Public Protection: 1.1-6.3
Criminal Justice 1.1-2.4Counter-Terrorism: 1.1-1.8; 2.1; 3.1-3.5

How will I learn on this module?

This is a dynamic module that will draw upon a wide range of teaching techniques in order to enrich your learning experience. Delivery will include lecture and seminar sessions delivered by subject matter experts; practical exercises and the assessment process will help you to apply academic knowledge to real-world situations. These, along with your independent study for the module, will include:

• Research rich lecture components – drawing upon the most relevant empirical materials.
• An opportunity for you to read and independently engage with scholarly and policy perspectives identified in the electronic reading list.
• Guest speakers including academics and practitioners in the field.
• An opportunity for you to work collaboratively with your peers.

The module will also be supported by several online platforms e.g. the VLE (which will include the module outline and assessment requirements); electronic reading lists; and blogs/podcasts to communicate key information/ tutor advice.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

This module will contribute to your subject specific knowledge of policing and intellectual and professional skills while enabling you to develop critical knowledge of important matters that can inform professional practice.

Lectures will introduce you to the main information and debates, which will then be further explored by you through independent study and critical discussion within seminars, activities and engagement with tutors.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of organisation and challenges relating to policing and the criminal justice system

2. You will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of professional standards and ethics, and their relevance to public engagement

3. You will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the nature, practice and challenges relating to risk, vulnerability and policing


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. You will demonstrate effective analytic and presentations skills in relation to module content

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. You will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the significance of diversity and ethics to policing

How will I be assessed?

You will deliver a group presentation on the project developed at end of the final week of the module (including PowerPoint slides and reference list). The presentation should last approximately 15 minutes and be followed by questions and answers from the rest of the cohort (50%). This will assess LOs 1, 2, 3, and 4

You will complete a 1,500-word assignment in response to essay questions that address contemporary challenges in relation to professional policing, risk and vulnerability (50%). This will assess LOs 1, 2, 3, and 4 and 5

Opportunities for formative assessment include:

• Feedback on submission of A4 bullet point draft of presentation.
• Feedback on submission of A4 bullet point draft of written assignment.

Pre-requisite(s)

NA

Co-requisite(s)

NA

Module abstract

The module will help you understand how professional standards, ethics, and diversity are essential components of contemporary policing. These combined elements are significant in terms of recruiting and retaining a professional and effective workforce, which has been a key challenge (as the module demonstrates) for many years. You will learn that professional policing is also important in terms of maintaining positive relations with diverse communities, and public confidence and legitimacy more generally. Not only are these core features of policing in democratic societies they are also operationally important in relation to public cooperation with police investigations and law enforcement more widely. You will also learn about dimensions of vulnerability and risk in contemporary policing, and how professional responses are centrally important to meeting public expectations. You will learn how different dimensions of vulnerability are linked to wider social problems: these can both pose challenges to police officers and offer important opportunities for the police to intervene to help address underlying problems.

Diversity, ethics and authority are centrally important in the exercise of police officer discretion, as the module outlines. Principles and practices of policing integrity are outlined in terms of decision-making and officer discretion, and you will learn about personal and professional responsibilities in this process and the impact that police officers can have on the lives of individuals and of communities. Matters of vulnerability and risk are also addressed in relation more widely to the criminal justice system, and crime prevention, such that the most effective response, on the basis of research evidence, are identified. Risk and vulnerability are considered in wider terms of communities and societies in general in relation to matters of radicalisation and counter-terrorism.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start March 2021 or March 2022

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